Putin warns US against unilateral military stike on Syria
Washington: Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the US against any unilateral military stike on Syria, saying it would trigger a new wave of terrorism, result in the collapse of the UN and claim more innocent victims as the conflict could spread beyond Syria's borders.
Raising his voice against the US military strike against the Assad regime, Putin in a op-ed in New York Times wrote that such a move, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the Pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria's borders.
"A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli- Palestinian conflict and further destabilise the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance," said the Russian President.
The Russian leader also said he has no doubt poison gas was used in Syria, but accused Syrian rebels for carrying out the chemical weapons attack.
"But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists," Putin wrote.
His op-ed piece came a day after his American counterpart Barack Obama told war-weary Americans in a nationally televised address that he has decided to postpone an attack on Syria to give diplomacy a chance.
The Russian President said that it is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts of foreign countries has become commonplace for the US.
"Is it in America's long-term interest? I doubt it.
Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan "you're either with us or against us'," he wrote.
Having taken the world's centre-stage amidst the Syrian crisis, Putin warned the international community against bypassing the United Nations as this would result in the collapse of the UN.
"No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorisation," Putin wrote.